Highland Oatmeal Porter

I found another straggler from the Virginia stash. I’m really hoping to have the beer fridge cleared out by the end of next week. I’m dying to do another beer run. I have this awful habit of stockpiling beer, which usually results in me not trying the beer as fresh as I possibly could have. So far, I’ve been pretty good with getting through the fridge. Of course, if I see something that I absolutely have to have, I still pick it up, but I think I’m down to 10 12-ouncers and a bomber or two. Anyways, beer time!

ABV: 5.8%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A unique Highland creation, this robust beer is black in color, very malty with hints of chocolate-roasted flavor and a well balanced hop character. This style was born on the docks of the Thames of London where dock workers or porters delighted in the strong dark ales brewed by the local pubs with roasted malts. This gave rise to the name by which this style is still known. A porter was traditionally served with oysters, the least expensive food available to the dock workers. Highland Brewing has taken this style a step farther with the addition of a judicious amount of flaked oatmeal which helps attain the smooth silky character of our porter.”

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This brew poured with a two finger, tan head that took forever to dissipate. It left lots of lacing on the pint glass. The body was a dark brown color with no carbonation visible. The nose had notes of dark roasted malts and baker’s chocolate. I didn’t get much else, especially not oatmeal. The taste had roasted malts and dark chocolate. After a few sips, I did get some light oatmeal characteristic as well. There was a slight bitterness to it as well, especially after warming up for a few minutes. The flavor on this brew wasn’t mind blowing, but it was definitely solid. The body was thick with high carbonation. It had a long roasty finish. This did what it set out to do. It was drinkable with good flavors to it and is definitely worth a try.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Highland Kashmir IPA

One of the other shows that my sister and I watched during dinner last night was a documentary on Sacco and Vanzetti. As you know if you follow the blog at all, I am a huge history buff, so watching a documentary during dinner for me is pretty commonplace. It’s either that or baseball. My sister sat down and watched it with me and had never even heard of Sacco and Vanzetti. I asked her if she ever attended a history class in her entire life. It floors me sometimes how people are not interested in history at all. I guess I’m lucky that my sister has many other redeeming qualities.

ABV: 5.6%

Style: English India Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A full-bodied India Pale Ale. This beer is golden in color with a moderate malty character with full hop flavor true to the classic ale that has traveled on sailing ships from England to India. Bold and brazen. This is Highland’s version of the classic British beer which was designed to survive the long journeys from England to India on sailing ships. The higher alcohol content and much higher hop level provided the longevity necessary for the casks to arrive in India in a most drinkable condition. It is very often serious beer drinkers’ favorite style. Being ‘Just a wee bit different’ we chose Kashmir, a controversial section of the Indian subcontinent in the north and matched it with a Madras inspired plaid from the south.”

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This beer poured with a half a finger of slightly off white head that dissipated insanely slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear dark yellow with moderate carbonation visible throughout. The nose was really light, even for an English IPA. I got a touch of grapefruit rind with some clean malt notes and biscuit. The taste wasn’t bitter to me at all. The only hint of hops were up front with a touch of a floral note, but it came and went very quickly. The beer was quickly dominated with sweet malt and a dollop of honey sweetness. If you blindfolded me, I wouldn’t have put this as an IPA, English or not. The body was on the lighter side as well with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with a touch of the honey sweetness apparent in the taste. It wasn’t a bad beer, perhaps just mislabeled, although I won’t be rushing back to try it.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Highland Gaelic Ale

My sister is quite funny. Last night, we were watching some sort of prison show on Netflix. My sister turns to me and was in shock that they got personal televisions in her cell. I explained to her that I assumed that it depended on the prison (speaking specifically from what I’ve seen on documentaries, as I don’t have any personal experience), but they had to have clear cases so the guards could see if there was any sort of contraband in it. She thought they just had to stare at the wall and then complained about her tax dollars at work. Anyways, beer time.

ABV: 5.8%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A deep amber-colored American ale, featuring a rich malty body. Cascade and Willamette hops add a complex hop flavor and aroma. This ale is exceptionally balanced between malty sweetness and delicate hop bitterness. It has a universal appeal and is our workhorse, accounting for about half of our total production. This was our first beer and was originally named Celtic Ale in honor of the Scots and Irish who originally settled the Appalachian region. We had to change the name – unbeknownst to us, Bert Grant Brewery had trademarked ‘Celtic Ale.’ The term ‘Gaelic’ more commonly refers to the language of the Celtic peoples in Scotland and Ireland and particularly to the Scottish Highlanders. The dark amber color is similar to a Scottish Ale but the flavor and body is more in the style of American Amber.”

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This brew poured with a two finger head that was cream color. It dissipated slowly and left generous lacing on the glass. The body was a clear chestnut color with light carbonation visible throughout. The nose had some nutty malts up front and then went into a touch of bitterness at the end of the sniff. Even for the style, this had a relatively light nose. The taste had nutty and caramel malts up front. I even got some hazelnut out of it. It transitioned into a very modest citrus hop bitterness. The nutty aspect of the sip definitely dominated the bitterness. The body was on the thinner side with moderate carbonation. The finish was long and nutty. This was an alright beer. It didn’t have a huge amount of flavor but went down pretty easily. It isn’t worth searching out, but worth a try if someone hands it to you.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0